After hitting a canyon the day before, I camped on the rim while my buddy drove home, and the next morning met with another canyon buddy for another adventure in this also beautiful rugged canyon in the area.
The first time I did this canyon two summers ago, I found it to be rather difficult but now with two years of canyoneering under my belt I find it to be only mildly difficult.
Start off by cross countrying along the southern WCC rim to drop into middle Wilbur canyon followed by plenty of rock hopping, bushwhacking, logs, and down climbing thru some sweet narrows until we hit the first rappel and need to gear up.
The usual deadman anchor is replaced by some webbing wrapped around a horn of rock that feels solid and I'd much rather trust that than a pile of rocks.
A little further down and the main narrows cut deep down and starts off with a 80ft drop past a small keeper, followed by a 60ft double drop thru some canyon stew log jam mess, another 15ft drop into a deep pool with a large log floating in it that you use to make it into the keyhole slot, and then topped off with a super sweet & colorful 60ft rappel.
Below is a great sunny spot that I've stopped at almost every time for lunch before venturing further thru the tight narrows. Which start with a 20ft chute that can be rappeled, hand lined, or down climbed past a jammed log. This puts you into a chilly high wader, followed by another down climb into another chilly swimmer, and then the final 30ft rappel down into West Clear Creek itself.
The water of WCC is so much warmer and it's quite eye opening to pop out into the sunny & lush main canyon. Unfortunately the adventure doesn't stop there and you now have 2-3 miles of rugged creek hiking to the steep Calloway trail.
Sticking to the side of the creek whenever possible helps tremendously as you venture along the ever beautiful WCC and thru a few swimmers to cool. Thankfully the steep Calloway isn't very long and before you know it you back on the rim walking the road back to your vehicle.
I always have a great time doing this loop and it's still my favorite WCC technical canyon!